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Power decision making

Often times, when people think about remodels they don’t think of all the decisions that need to be made quickly to avoid delaying the timeline.

One of the homeowners made these comments to me in an email…”it was chaos today. Had to do all the decisions on electrical, sound, hvac, and some plumbing. Tons of people here all day!”  Note all these decisions are what I call under the covers – the innards of the house and something you actually do not ‘see’ on a daily basis.

And, just when you think you have made a decision, there are additional considerations.  In the prior blog posted 9/27/2016 called “Packing up the house”, we thought the door decision was done.  It turns out it was not yet done.

Concern was expressed about the look of the new doors upstairs, and what about the front closet door, pantry door, the upstairs doors, and the french doors?  What about the downstairs doors too?  What is better, leave them as is, or change them?

My thought was all the main level doors should match as well as the upstairs doors.  If budget was a concern then the doors downstairs would not be as noticeable if they remained as is.  In the end, the homeowners elected to change all the doors in the house.

The next discussion was on the knobs for inside of front door: round or lever?  My initial reaction was round so it’s consistent with other doors in the house.   But, lever knobs are cool though.


Also, here are some additional questions the homeowners had; the other bathroom door still has a knob, and our closet door too–so should we stick to knobs on the upper floors then? and if we were to do levers on the front door, then do that on all the doors of that level?  Yes, you could get away with having lever knobs on the same floor as the outdoor door lever knobs (main floor) while keeping the round knobs on the upper floor and the lower floor.  At the end of the day, the homeowners decided to change all the knobs to levers on all three levels.

As you can see the homeowners selected a really rich stain for the trim, doors and the kitchen cabinets.  The stairwell had the old woodwork and also needed to be updated so the next decision was the spindles for the new railing.

The contractor recommended the spindles of 2 plain, 1 single basket, 2 plain, 1 double basket, and repeat.  This was the original thought, but, after the homeowners looked at the pattern the contractor presented, they simplified the railing to 2 plain, 1 double basket, and repeat.


As we were talking about the spindles, the couple asked me if it were your choice, would you do the stairs as wood or stick to carpet?  Wood, if the budget allows for it was my answer which I explained would give a ‘wow’ factor when people walk through the front door and see the updated stairwell with the new wrought iron spindles.

I named this post ‘Power decision making’ and these homeowners were doing exactly that to stay ahead of the contractor and get the orders in for materials.  I hope this discussion helps if you plan on remodeling in the future!


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